Arts & Culture

Civil War
2:00 pm
Sun September 16, 2012

Web Exclusive: Clara Barton Transforms Role of Nurse on the Battlefield

The famous Civil War nurse and founder of the American Red Cross Clara Barton
Credit Photo courtesy of the National Park Service

One hundred fifty years later, it's hard to place enough significance on how the American Civil War would go on to shape our country and its people - or to overestimate the extreme loss of life it caused. Beyond the battlefields, however, the War Between the states also brought forth many firsts, such as the first Army ambulance corps, the first use of conscription of soldiers, the first black U.S. Army officer - the list goes on and on.

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Arts & Culture
2:53 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Laurence Juber: Fingerstyle Guitar Virtuoso

Guitar virtuoso Laurence Juber.

Laurence Juber never intended to a rock and roll star. The London-born guitarist, composer, arranger, and session musician had his sights set on a studio career. And he had a very nice one going in London until he got a fateful call from Sir Paul McCartney and ended up joining Sir Paul’s band Wings in 1979. But that wasn’t the first change in musical direction for Juber. He had studied classical guitar as well as music theory at college, but quickly decided the commercial possibilities were limited.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Thu September 6, 2012

'It's a Material World' Explores a Unique Back-to-School Supply

Meet Madison seamstress Thuy Nguyen - and her supplies.
Credit Gianofer Fields

It’s a special back-to-school edition of our It’s A Material World series.

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Civil War
2:29 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Iron Brigade & Beyond: The Black Hats Earns Their Better Alias at South Mountain

"Fighting" Joe Hooker, who was in command of the I Corps during the Battle of South Mountain, a precurser fight to Antietam.
Credit Photo courtesy of Library of Congress

In a couple of weeks, the United States will commemorate the 150th anniversary of one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War – the Battle of Antietam. But just a few days before that well-known fight came another significant clash between Union and Confederate forces that would come to solidify the reputation of the Wisconsin soldiers in the Iron Brigade.

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Arts & Culture
5:40 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Tuesday Night Lights

Washington Park Velodrome in Kenosha
Adam Carr

In Wisconsin, there is a historic sports venue that has been home to world champion athletes for decades. It’s a public space, and generations of fans have had the chance to brush shoulders with their idols, in the dreams that one day, they too, may take center stage. But if you were thinking we were describing Lambeau Field, your guess is about 150 miles too far north. Lake Effect’s Mitch Teich travels south to bring us the story.

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Civil War
2:46 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Iron Brigade and Beyond: Wisconsin in the Civil War - Groveton Begins Second Bull Run

It was the so-called "Black Hats" of Gen. Rufus King's division that battled at Brawner Farm. King himself was a prominent Wisconsinite and three Wisconsin regiments fought there.

Next Tuesday marks the 150th anniversary of the start of one of the biggest battles of the American Civil War: the Second Battle of Bull Run, otherwise known as Second Manassas. Many know of this enormous battle, but few know the story about the fight that started it - or the prominent role Wisconsinites played in it.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Thu August 23, 2012

A Beloved Machine Goes on the Fritz

Contributor Gianofer Fields' beloved washer is on the fritz - here's its "brain" in the capable hands of repairman John.
Credit Gianofer Fields

Material culture explores why objects have meaning to us. For our contributor, it's because it does her wash.

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Arts & Culture
3:06 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Folk Fusion

Bruce Molsky.
Credit Bruce Molsky

Milwaukee’s Irish Fest returns for its annual run at the Festival Grounds on Thursday. And as is our habit, we’ll feature a few of the bands playing there over the course of the week. While there will be music with an obvious Irish feel, the focus of this year’s festival will also have a distinctly American sound. That’s because many of the acts will spotlight how traditional Irish music evolved into the bluegrass sound we think of as native to Appalachia.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Fri August 10, 2012

An Artist, a Tool & a Purpose

Madison artist Kelty Carew uses her etching skills to create art - and memorials.
Credit Gianofer Fields

Objects play many roles in our lives. Some are functional. Some are ornamental. But, there are things - objects - that touch us on an deeper level.

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Arts & Culture
2:39 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Local Sikh Educator Aims to Spread Awareness of Faith

Credit Sikhs.org

As the Federal and local investigations into Sunday’s tragic shootings at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek continue, people all over Southeast Wisconsin hold vigils for the victims and their families, and try to make sense of the violence.

Milwaukeean Raminder Kaur attended a downtown vigil Sunday night in honor of the victims of the Oak Creek temple shooting. She says she's gone to services at that temple with her 8-year-old son - who she sometimes worries is a target because of his faith.

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